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Parents of teen swept out to sea donate to fire department

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 02:04 p.m. HST, Feb 06, 2014

The parents of a New York teenager who was swept out to sea off the Kona coast while on an adventure tour will use some of the settlement money from their lawsuit against the tour company for an endowment to the Hawaii County Fire Department.

The lawyers for the parents of 15-year-old Tyler Madoff said the parents want to express their gratitude for the fire department's efforts in looking for their son and want to see the good work performed by its search and rescue crew continue. They said the parents will also use some of the settlement money to endow a new initiative to help promote the safety of teens who go on adventure tours.

A large wave swept Madoff off some rocks at Kaawaloa Point just outside Kealakekua Bay on July 4, 2012. His body was never found.

Madoff's parents sued Colorado-based Bold Earth Teen Adventures and the company's local contractor Hawaii Pack and Paddle.

The parties informed a U.S. District Court judge in Honolulu on Monday that they reached a settlement. The terms are confidential.

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kainalu wrote:
Class act by a grieving family.
on February 6,2014 | 02:22PM
serious wrote:
Yes, a bright light for the Madoff name.
on February 7,2014 | 05:30AM
monkseal2 wrote:
Definitely a class act. Rest in peace Tyler.
on February 6,2014 | 02:53PM
kailua000 wrote:
Wonderful gesture to the men and women of the fire department. Sad it had to happen but some good will come now. Amen
on February 6,2014 | 03:02PM
primowarrior wrote:
What a nice gesture by this family. They experience a great tragedy, and respond with appreciation and generosity to those who helped them. True Aloha spirit.
on February 6,2014 | 03:19PM
MakaniKai wrote:
True Aloha spirit - I agree.
on February 6,2014 | 04:22PM
kuniagirl wrote:
What happened to their son, Tyler, was just awful. And yet the 'ohana can show such grace. May God bless all of them
on February 6,2014 | 04:21PM
GorillaSmith wrote:
A classy gesture by a classy family.
on February 6,2014 | 09:52PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
Blessings will shine down on this family forever.
on February 6,2014 | 09:53PM
inHilo wrote:
May your family find peace, and mahalo for your thoughtful help.
on February 7,2014 | 04:57AM
nitpikker wrote:
everyone praising the family, but, i remember when they first came they said they weren't looking to sue anyone. guess they changed their minds and at the time i recall that i would be very surprised if they kept their word.
on February 7,2014 | 09:45AM
mongoosa wrote:
City and County of Honolulu would call that a gift and punish the fire dept. Just saying.
on February 7,2014 | 10:34AM
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